10/25/2019 edit – correct application due date added.
The Department has released the 2019 Family Unification Program Notice of Funding Availability (i.e., the 2019 FUP NOFA). The NOFA makes available $20 million in funding. Applications are due by December 17, 2019. The Department expects to make approximately 40 awards from this NOFA.
The Family Unification Program serves two categories of people. The first is families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family’s child in out-of-home care or the delay in the discharge of the child to the family in out-of-home care. The second category is composed of youth at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age who left foster care (or will leave foster care within 90 days) and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless at age 16 or older.
In addition to meeting certain threshold criteria, HUD will be using rating factors in deciding how to allocate FUP funding. In making its decisions, HUD will also look at a PHA’s past performance in managing funds and assess a PHA’s risk (e.g., financial stability, quality of management, history of performance, etc.). Additionally, the Department will look at the following seven rating factors:
- Housing search assistance in low-poverty census tracts (16 points) – Points awarded if the PHA, Public Child Welfare Agency (PWCA), or Continuum of Care (CoC) provides, funds, or makes available housing search assistance in low-poverty census tracts;
- Financial Assistance (18 points) – Points awarded if the PHA, PCWA, or CoC provide, fund, or otherwise makes available financial assistance to assist FUP-eligible families and youths;
- Previous Coordination (6 points) – Points awarded if the PHA or the PCWA can demonstrate recent cross-program coordination with a local CoC;
- Post-move counseling (14 points) – Points awarded if the PHA, PCWA, or CoC provides funds, or otherwise makes available post-move counseling to FUP-eligible families or FUP-eligible youth;
- Case management to FUP families (16 points) – Points awarded if case management to FUP families will be made available after they have been issued a voucher. These families may not be forced to participate in these services;
- Self-sufficiency Programs (12 points) – Points awarded if the PHA administers the HUD Family Self-Sufficiency program, or similar program promoting self-sufficiency, that is active at the time of application; and
- Supportive Assistance for Youth to 36 months (18 points) – Points awarded if the services required to be provided to FUP-eligible youth as identified in the Memorandum of Understanding will be provided beyond 18 months.
The Frequently Asked Questions document on the NOFA can be found here.
The 2019 FUP NOFA can be found here.
I received word from a HUD official that the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Two-Year Tool has been updated with estimated PHA-specific inflation factors. The Two-Year Tool allows those folks managing voucher programs to “analyze a PHA’s utilization situation which includes running basic leasing and spending scenarios to better inform decisions . . . to optimize the program over a multi-year period.” After each yearly funding cycle, HUD applies an inflation factor to the amount spent on vouchers in the previous year to arrive at the PHA’s renewal funding for the upcoming year. This inflation factor is specific to the PHA. The Two-Year Tool has now incorporated estimates of each PHA’s inflation factor to assist in planning for the upcoming year.
The Two-Year Tool can be found here.
HUD sent out an email on October 17 informing PHAs that HUD has revised the timeline for the Operating Fund Inventory Validation process for the funding year 2020. HUD plans to publish the inventory of projects for PHA review on October 31, 2019 to the 2020 Operating Fund Processing web page.
PHAs should review their inventory and contact their local Field Office to identify any corrections by November 5, 2019. This includes projects that should be added or removed to the inventory for Operating Funds in 2020. Requests for funding for projects that are new and were not funded in 2019, should be sent in a separate communication to your local Field Office.
Additional information can be found here.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development sent an email to Executive Directors reminding them that $5 million is available for PHAs for the purchase, installation, replacement, and repair of carbon monoxide detectors. Applications for this funding are due by 5 pm ET on Friday, October 25, 2019.
Additional information can be found here.
A preliminary injunction stopping the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Public Charge Rule has been issued by a judge from US District Court in Manhattan, New York. This means that the Public Charge Rule will not take effect on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, as stated in the rule.
The NAHRO team will continue to follow the Public Charge Rule and the circumstances of its implementation.
On September 26, HUD released the FY19 Renewal NOFA for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. The application package can be found on grants.gov. The deadline for applications is October 28. HUD recommends that applicants check that their grants.gov, DUNS, and SAM registration and passwords are up to date now, so that all agencies eligible for renewal funding can proceed through the application smoothly.
HUD also recently released an FY19 FSS Renewal NOFA FAQ. The FAQ does not replace or supersede the FY19 FSS Renewal NOFA, but provides applicants with answers to frequently asked questions. The FAQ can be found here.
On Tuesday, October 1, at 2pm eastern time, NAHRO will be hosting a complimentary webinar in preparation for the 2020 Census. Below is information on the session and the registration link. This session is for agencies of all sizes from the smallest to the largest and will discuss the 2020 Census and the interaction between Census and PHAs including first-hand PHA experiences.
2020 Census Key Partnership – Public Housing Authorities
The 2020 Census is right around the corner. The U.S. Census Bureau and Public Housing Authorities are working together to make sure every person will be counted. During this webinar you will hear from Carol Gore of the Cook Inlet (Alaska) Housing Authority and John Mahon of the Bayonne (New Jersey) Housing Authority. Carol and John will share their experiences working with the U.S. Census Bureau in addition to employment opportunities for PHA residents. Join us and bring all your 2020 Census questions!
Please register for 2020 Census Key Partnership – Public Housing Authorities on Oct 1, 2019 2:00 PM EDT at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
An official at HUD has let me know that the Department has updated the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program Two-Year Tool. The Two-Year Tool allows PHAs to model HCV program behavior so that they can make informed decisions on how to manage their HCV programs.
To use the tool, PHAs should enter their PHA code and click “Open and Populate Tool.” End users may need to enable macros in Excel for the tool to work properly.
The following changes have been made to the tool:
- An option to break out a PHA’s program into its main components (e.g., tenant-based vouchers, regular project-based vouchers, Rental Assistance Demonstration project-based vouchers (RAD-PBVs), etc.);
- This feature can be found in “Access Additional Tools”;
- Options to take into account a growing PBV program (the Two-Year Tool now includes a PBV.RAD tab that examines a PHA’s PBV program in detail–including information from VMS, PIC, and other HUD administrative data sources);
- If applicable, this tab will open automatically;
- An option to look at prior years’ SEMAP scores; and
- An option to look at historical UML, UMA, HAP, and PUC information for a PHA’s special-purpose vouchers.
Questions on the Two-Year tool can be directed to Patrick Hatch.
The tool can be found here.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD or the Department) has posted several new resources for its foster youth to independence initiative (See Notice PIH 2019-20). The initiative allows for PHAs without a Family Unification Program to request tenant protection vouchers (TPVs) for youth aging out of foster care on an as-needed basis. The Department has posted several resources related to the initiative.
These resources include the following:
- Official Documentation;
- Other Resources;
All of these resources can also be found on HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence website here.
The HUD Office of Recapitalization sent a RADBlast! email reminding those on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) email list that HUD will be hosting live public webinars on sections of the new RAD notice. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the RAD Resource Desk.
The schedule can be found below:
- Public Housing Conversions, September 19, 2019, 2 pm ET; Register here;
- Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC), September 26, 2019, 2 pm ET; Register here;
- Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod. Rehab.), October 3, 2019, 2 pm ET; Register here;
- Resident Rights in Public Housing Conversions, October 10, 2019, 2 pm ET; Register here;
- Resident Rights in Section 202 PRAC and Mod. Rehab. Conversions, October 17, 2019, 2 pm ET; Register here.
The new RAD notice (Rev. 4) can be found here.